September 10th, 2009, 11:58 AM
Fox announced this morning that the Ellen DeGeneres Show host/comedienne extraordinaire would be replacing Paula Abdul as American Idol’s fourth judge. Ellen will be joining the ranks of Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson, and Kara DioGuardi on the show’s ninth season, set to kick off January 2010.
Here’s what Ellen had to say about her new stint:
“I’m thrilled to be the new judge on American Idol. I’ve watched since the beginning, and I’ve always been a huge fan. So getting this job is a dream come true, and think of all the money I’ll save from not having to text my vote.”
LOL! Love her!
I think Ellen will be a fantastic addition to the show. She’s clearly been added as the “nice one” amongst the sassy existing trio, and I think that’s a good thing. Paula was nice and enthusiastic, but let’s face it, that babe is crazy and out of touch. Ellen’s not only nice and enthusiastic, but funny, reasonable, and a true fan of the show and the music. And it doesn’t hurt that she’s in touch with Top 40 radio.
Congrats, Ellen! Can’t wait to hear some anti-Simon zingers.